"PEACE IN THE STORM"

3 Things God Gives Us for Peace in Our Storms

1. His Word

... It is the Word of the Living God that guides and instructs us when storms arise. The scriptures are full of promises of peace.

God’s Word promises us that He will keep us in “perfect peace” when we trust in Him “for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength” (Isaiah 26:3-4).

It also tells us that when we dwell in God’s “secret place,” we can be assured of His protection and deliverance; having no reason to fear (Psalm 91)—now that’s what I call peaceful assurance!

2. His Spirit

The Spirit of the Lord is called by many names in the Bible. One of the names He is called is “Comforter.” This term—although in today’s vernacular, is relative to something you use to keep you warm—can better be used as “Advocate”. An advocate is one that helps us, and even argues on our behalf.

The Holy Spirit is given to advocate for us! Jesus told His disciples that He would not leave them “comfortless” when He leaves, but give them “another Comforter” to live with them (us) forever (John 14:16,18). It is the ministry of the Holy Spirit to be the representative of Jesus—abiding in us.

It is through His ministry that we can be calm in the storms of life. Like Jesus, we can experience rest or peace when all hell is breaking-lose all around us!

Does God intend for us to be caught up in the turmoil of the storm or to tell the storm to be still and quiet down?

Our example, Jesus, was resting in the midst of a storm and probably would not have gotten up; were it not for the fright of the disciples—who should have commanded the storm to cease. They failed to remember His word “let us pass over unto the other side.” (Mark 4:35).

That word should have carried them from their starting place, through whatever storms may arise, on to their destination. But they cried out for fear! What has the Lord told you that you have allowed the storms of life to speak louder than God’s Word—worse yet— or make you forget it?

3. Each Other

The final point I want to make is: God also, uses us to help each other make it through difficult times—He expects us to help one another.

Jesus’ life and teachings exemplified this. Whether it was when He healed the sick, raised the dead, cast out devils, fed the multitudes, or taught; I.e., the “four friends” that brought the man to Jesus by letting him down through the roof (Mark 2:3-5); or the “good Samaritan” who found a man beaten and left in a ditch, and took care of his needs (Luke 10:30-37); He commands us to “go and do likewise.” (Luke 10:37).

It is our responsibility and privilege to help calm the storms in each other lives as much as we are able. Maybe, all you can do is pray—then pray and stand in faith that God will send the help needed.

Do what you can and God will do what you cannot!

    

Rev. Michael W. Cochran

 

 

Peace in the Storm

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